Not fair says Ombudsman

AN IPSWICH security company and its director have been fined more than $20,000 for underpaying workers.

Specialised Security Service Pty Ltd, based at Amberley, faced the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane charged with five breaches of workplace laws.

Federal Magistrate Michael Burnett fined the company $16,912.50 and its director-manager, Peter Conroy, an additional $3382.50 after Mr Conroy admitted the company underpaid 32 security officers a total of $46,205 between 2006 and 2008.

The employees were paid a flat rate of between $17 and $20 for all hours worked, resulting in underpayment of casual loadings, shift allowances and penalty rates for weekend, public holiday and overtime work.

The company has since rectified the underpayments.

Fair Work Ombudsman executive director Michael Campbell said an audit was conducted on Specialised Security Service in 2008 as part of a campaign targeting the security industry.



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